« Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. »
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga on 25 October 1881, the son of an art teacher. He grew up in Barcelona, showing artistic talent at an early age. In the early 1900s, he moved between France and Spain before finally settling in Paris in 1904. There he experimented with a number of styles and produced his own original ones, reflected in his ‘Blue’ and ‘Rose’ periods.
In 1907 Picasso painted the revolutionary work ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’ that introduced Cubism. Picasso’s next major innovation, in 1912, was ‘Collage’, adding pieces of cloth, newspaper or advertising to his paintings.
Picasso now moved from style to style, experimenting with painting and sculpture and becoming involved with the Surrealist movement. In 1937, he produced ‘Guernica’, a painting inspired by the destruction of the town in northern Spain by German bombers during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso supported the Republican government fighting General Francisco Franco, and never returned to Spain after Franco’s victory.
Unlike many artists, Picasso remained in Paris during the German occupation. From 1946 to his death he lived mainly in the south of France. He continued to produce a huge variety of work including paintings, sculptures, etchings and ceramics.
Picasso was involved with a number of women during his life who were often artistic muses as well as lovers. He had four children. On 8 April 1973, he died of a heart attack at his home near Cannes.
Three museums are dedicated to the artist’s work in Paris, Barcelona and Málaga.
Picasso. Chefs-d’œuvre !
From 4th september to 13th january 2018
What is the meaning of masterpiece for Pablo Picasso? The exhibition “Picasso: Masterpieces! answers this question by bringing together some of his greatest works, some of which will be shown in Paris for the first time. Thanks to exceptional loans, masterpieces from all over the world will be displayed alongside those from the Musée National Picasso-Paris.
The assembled collection offers a new look at Picasso’s creativity with special attention given to his critical reception. It explores the exhibitions, articles and publications that accompanied each artwork and helped forge their reputation as masterpieces over the years. The Musée National Picasso-Paris archives play an essential part in telling this story.
Picasso – Donner à voir
Du 15 juin au 23 septembre 2018
Le mystère de l’œuvre de Picasso tient dans le mouvement continu de ses métamorphoses. Il est l’artiste prolifique dont l’écriture est reconnaissable entre toutes et pourtant insaisissable.
Picasso – Donner à voir présente, pour la première fois à Montpellier, un panorama de l’œuvre de Picasso, s’articulant autour des années charnières au cours desquelles il remet en jeu son vocabulaire, invente de nouveaux procédés, codifie un style nouveau.
Picasso. Blue and Rose
From 18th September 2018 to 6th January 2019
The Musée d’Orsay and the Musée national Picasso-Paris are organising an exceptional event dedicated to Pablo Picasso’s blue and rose periods. This exhibition is the first large-scale collaboration between our two museums. It features masterpieces, some of which, such as La Vie (1903, Cleveland Museum of Art), are being presented for the first time in France, and proposes a new interpretation on the years 1900-1906, a critical period in the artist’s career which to date has not been covered in its entirety by a French museum.
The presentation of this exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay demonstrates the desire to include the young Picasso in his time and reconsider his work under the prism of his belonging to the nineteenth century.
The exhibition will bring together a large number of paintings and drawings with the aim of presenting a comprehensive overview of the artist’s sculptures and engravings between 1900 and 1906.
Picasso. Blue and Rose
February – May 2019
CULTURAL HIGHLIGHT IN 2019
In terms of organizational effort and cost, this is the highest-caliber exhibition project in the history of the Fondation Beyeler. Years of preparation have been devoted to the presentation, which is certain to be one of Europe’s cultural highlights in 2019. The works on display are all major attractions in the museums from which they have been assembled. The exhibition is being staged in cooperation with the Musée national Picasso-Paris and the Musée d’Orsay, where it will be shown in a modified form before traveling to Basel. The exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler is curated by Dr. Raphaël Bouvier, Curator at the Foundation.